The Rundown for July 30, 2021

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES… The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in the U.S. has reached 34,745,060 and the nation’s death toll stands at 612,105, according to figures released last night by Johns Hopkins University… The 500,332 new coronavirus cases recorded in the U.S. over the past week are the most in the world and reflect a 131-percent increase over the previous the week. High numbers were also recorded in Brazil, Indonesia, the United Kingdom and India.

BIDEN SEEKS TO EXTEND EVICTION MORATORIUM… President Joe Biden has called on Congress to extend a federal ban on evictions that expires tomorrow. White House officials say Biden would have liked to extend the moratorium amid ongoing coronavirus outbreaks but his hands are tied following a Supreme Court’s determination that the moratorium would only be extended until the end of July. Democratic leaders in the House were working on extension legislation.

CONGRESS PASSES SECURITY SPENDING PACKAGE… The House and Senate both approved a $2.1 billion supplemental security spending package that directs funding to the U.S. Capitol Police and National Guard and helps relocate Afghans who aided U.S. troops during the war in Afghanistan. The legislation passed the Senate unanimously in a 98-0 vote. The House approved the legislation 416 to 11.

SAILOR CHARGED IN NAVY WARSHIP FIRE… The U.S. Navy yesterday charged a sailor in connection with the 2020 fire that destroyed the amphibious warship USS Bonhomme Richard while it was harbored in San Diego. According to a statement released by the Navy, charges stem from evidence found during a criminal investigation into the cause of the fire. The sailor was not publicly identified but was a member of the Bonhomme Richard’s crew at the time of the blaze. Some 40 sailors and 23 civilians were treated for injuries suffered during the fire in July 2020. It took five days for federal firefighters and more than 400 sailors to extinguish the blaze. The ship was commissioned in 1998 with an expected service life for 40 years and was decommissioned in April.

HUGE ALASKA QUAKE… The largest earthquake felt in the U.S since 1965 rattled parts of southern Alaska yesterday but caused no major damage. The magnitude 8.2 earthquake struck just south of the Alaska Peninsula, nearly 500 miles southwest of Anchorage. The quake was about 29 miles below the surface of the North Pacific Ocean, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. A tsunami warning that went into effect on the West Coast was cleared.

… Scarlett Johansson has filed suit against Disney for allegedly breaching her contract by releasing the Marvel movie “Black Widow” in theaters and on its streaming service the same day. Attorneys representing Johansson claim Disney-owned Marvel Entertainment promised her “an exclusive theatrical release.” The actress notes in court filings that her salary was largely based on how well the movie did at the box office, and The Wall Street Journal reported that the decision to stream the film on Disney+ could cost her more than $50 million.

TV PITCHMAN RON POPEIL DIES… Ron Popeil, who pitched products on television for decades and helped pioneer infomercials, died Tuesday at a Southern California hospital following a medical emergency, family members confirmed yesterday. He was 86. Through his company, Ronco, Popeil sold everything from the Pocket Fisherman to food hydrators to spray-on hair coloring to cover up baldness. His first infomercial aired in 1959 and featured the “Chop-o-Matic.” Popeil was also an inventor, and his Showtime “Set it and Forget it” Rotisserie generated more than $1 billion in sales.


Washington 3 – PHILADELPHIA 1
(7 innings)… Yan Gomes’ two-run homer in the top of the seventh inning lifted the Nationals over the Phillies in the opener of a doubleheader. Max Scherzer (8-4) allowed just a run on three hits over six innings.

PHILADELPHIA 11 – Washington 8 (8 innings)… Brad Miller’s grand slam in the bottom of the eighth inning gave the Phillies a split of the twinbill. J.T. Realmuto’s two-run single capped a three-run seventh. Andrew McCutchen and Alec Bohm hit back-to-back solo homers in the fourth. Rhys Hoskins also went deep.

Atlanta 6 – N.Y. METS 3… Austin Riley hit a two-run homer and singled home a run to lead the Braves past the Mets. Abraham Almonte and Dansby Swanson smacked solo homers.

Cincinnati 7 – CHI. CUBS 4… Kyle Farmer doubled home two runs during a three-run top of the seventh inning that carried the Reds past the Cubs. Joey Votto opened the scoring with a two-run homer in the first.

SAN FRANCISCO 5 – L.A. Dodgers 0… Johnny Cueto (7-5) pitched four-hit ball over 5-2/3 innings and four relievers completed the shutout in the rubber game of the series. Brandon Crawford provided all the offense the Giants needed with a two-run double in the bottom of the first inning.

Milwaukee 12 – PITTSBURGH 0… The Brewers pounded out 16 hits in their thrashing of the Pirates. Manny Piña homered twice and knocked in five runs. Rowdy Tellez went 3-for-5 with two RBIs. Freddy Peralta (8-3) pitched two-hit ball over six innings. Three relievers preserved the shutout.

SAN DIEGO 3 – Colorado 0… Joe Musgrove (7-7) limited the Rockies to three hits over seven innings and struck out 11. Fernando Tatis, Jr., doubled home a run in the bottom of the first inning and Jake Cronenworth homered with a runner aboard in the eighth.

TAMPA BAY 14 – N.Y. Yankees 0
… Austin Meadows belted a three-run homer to cap a four-run bottom of the first inning and added a two-run blast during a 10-run sixth in the Rays’ annihilation of the Yankees. Brandon Phillips cracked a grand slam. Ji-Man Choi homered with a runner aboard.

KANSAS CITY 5 – Chi. White Sox 0… Carlos Hernandez (2-1) limited the White Sox to four hits over six innings and got help from two relievers in the shutout. Salvador Perez blasted his 25th homer with a runner aboard in the bottom of the first inning. Michael A. Taylor went deep to lead off the second.

DETROIT 6 – Baltimore 2… Casey Mize (6-5) allowed just an unearned run on four hits over seven innings and the Tigers cruised past the Orioles. Miguel Cabrera went 3-for-3 with a pair of solo homers. Eric Haase singled home a run and lifted a sacrifice fly.

Toronto 13 – BOSTON 1… Teoscar Hernandez homered with a runner aboard during a three-run top of the first inning and Vladimir Guerrero blasted a three-run homer in the Blue Jays’ romp over the Red Sox. Hyun Jin Ryu (10-5) surrendered just two hits over six scoreless innings.

Oakland 4 – L.A. ANGELS 0… Frankie Montas (9-8) pitched three-hit ball over seven innings and two relievers finished off the blanking of the Angels. Ramon Laureano slugged a two-run double.

the Chi. Cubs (Trevor Williams, 4-2) are at Washington (TBA)…
Pittsburgh (Will Crowe, 2-5) hosts Philadelphia (Aaron Nola, 7-6)…
Cincinnati (Sonny Gray, 2-6) is at the N.Y. Mets (Carlos Carrasco, 0-0)…
Atlanta (Touki Toussaint, 1-1) hosts Milwaukee (Corbin Burnes, 6-4)…
the L.A. Dodgers (Tony Gonsolin, 2-1) are at Arizona (Zac Gallen, 1-5)…
San Diego (Ryan Weathers, 4-2) hosts Colorado (Jon Gray, 6-6)

Kansas City (Daniel Lynch, 1-2) is at Toronto (Ross Stripling, 3-6)…
Detroit (Tarik Skubal, 6-9) hosts Baltimore (Matt Harvey, 5-10)…
Boston (Martin Perez, 7-6) is at Tampa Bay (Josh Fleming, 7-5)…
Texas (Kolby Allard, 2-8) hosts Seattle (Logan Gilbert, 4-2)…
Cleveland (J.C. Mejia, 1-6) is at the Chi. White Sox (Lance Lynn, 10-3)…
the L.A. Angels (Patrick Sandoval, 3-4) host Oakland (Chris Bassitt, 10-3)

the N.Y. Yankees (Jameson Taillon, 6-4) are at Miami (Zach Thompson, 2-3)…
St. Louis (Wade LeBlanc, 0-1) hosts Minnesota (Jose Berrios, 7-5)…
Houston (Framber Valdez, 6-2) is at San Francisco (Kevin Gausman, 9-4)

YANKEES, RED SOX MADE TRADE-DEADLINE DEALS… AL East rivals New York Yankees and Boston Red Sox made major acquisitions yesterday ahead of today’s 4 p.m. Eastern trade deadline. The Yankees acquired first-baseman Anthony Rizzo from the Chicago Cubs in exchange for minor league pitcher Alexander Vizcaino and outfielder Kevin Alcántara. Rizzo, who turns 32 in 10 days, is a three-time All-Star and four-time Gold Glove Award winner. The Red Sox acquired outfielder Kyle Schwarber from the Washington Nationals in exchange for pitcher Aldo Ramirez.

OLYMPICS HIGHLIGHTS… Sunisa Lee won the gold medal in the artistic gymnastics women’s all-around final. She is the fifth consecutive American gymnast to win gold in the event. Lee will compete in next week’s uneven bars event final.

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